Looking back at my four years attending North Carolina, it felt that I got fairly unlucky over the exact four year stretch I was there with respect to the men's basketball team's success, overlapping with the 2012 to 2015 NCAA tournaments. Three years prior, we won a title in 2009, and the the year after I left we lost in the championship game (winning another title the year after that). The furthest we advanced was the Elite Eight in 2012, so if my college career had been shifted by three years in either direction, I would have been there for a title.
I looked back to determine how low of a four year stretch my college career oversaw. While critical metrics like win percentage or how often we beat Dook matter a lot, the barometer I'll be using is how much success the teams had in the NCAA tournament. To calculate this, I assigned point values to each round, with a championship win getting a max score of 7, a championship game loss a 6, Final Four a 5, etc down to a first round exit worth 1 point and NIT/no postseason worth 0. I went back to 1975, when the tournament field expanded to 32 teams.
It turns out my graduating year (2015) ranked in a 5-way tie for 33rd out of 44 seasons by this calculation, and 35th by win percentage. So pretty far down the list, but not second to last like this year's senior class has witnessed (losing in the first round for the first time in Roy's career, plus of course a global pandemic) or the period around the Doherty years.
#2 though: 1983, the year my dad graduated from Carolina, and the #1 four year stretch in modern program history: 1984, the year my mom graduated from Carolina. Both of which witnessed Michael Jordan make the game winner in the 1982 title game.